Fresno voters on Tuesday will get a primary ballot with five distinct choices for mayor.
Mayor Ashley Swearengin wants a second term.
Joe Garcia Jr. is a city of Fresno sanitation worker running as "Honest Joe."
Barbara Ann Hunt is trying for city office after coming up short in several previous elections.
Rick Morse is a medicinal herbs specialist who has become a fixture in the Tower District.
John Worona worked 75 years and wants a new job as the city's chief executive.
This is the second time since Fresno went to a strong-mayor government in 1997 that an incumbent mayor is seeking a second term.
Alan Autry easily won re-election in the 2004 primary. None of his four opponents had big campaign war chests.
Swearengin faces a similar challenge. She is the only candidate with campaign contributions exceeding $1,000. And she is the only candidate with a campaign website.
Joe Garcia Jr.
Garcia said he is an outsider who can reform a City Hall of insiders.
"I'd like to give my community a different choice," Garcia said. "I feel I could be the person that people can look up to. That's why I go by the name 'Honest Joe.' "
Better public safety, help for the homeless and an improved economy are among his priorities.
"We need jobs," Garcia said. "In order to get jobs, we've got to find the money. What has this administration done with the money? Once we find the money, we'll find the jobs."
The city's commercial trash service has been out-sourced. Garcia is a 25-year city employee who works for the residential solid waste division. He opposes out-sourcing this service.
"We've fought with privatization over the years," Garcia said. "They cannot do the service that city employees do. We've proved it time and time again."
Garcia said his campaign is about giving back to the community: "It's about the people, the taxpayers. I want to see Fresno get back to where it once was."
Barbara Ann Hunt
Hunt for decades has been one of the council chamber's most recognizable speakers. She attends most meetings and speaks during the public comment period on many issues.
She is passionate about transparency, often taking city officials to task for what she perceives as secrecy. She is an avid reader of the city's bond documents. She is a champion of the west side, saying its historic neighborhoods have been shortchanged by City Hall.
Hunt was an also-ran in the 2008 mayoral primary and didn't make the run-off in the 2010 primary for the District 3 council seat.
"I am concerned for all the people of Fresno," Hunt said. "I want to make our world a better place."
Hunt said she would dig into who is behind all of the city's borrowing: "Somebody is getting away with a lot of money."
Something must be done for Fresno's homeless, she said. "As mayor, I would get a big section of land. I wouldn't put up tents. I would put up homes for the people."
Hunt said she wants private enterprise to create more jobs, but there must be a limit to their success. "It shouldn't all be for the developer. We should bring some of that money back to the people."
Morse once had a medical marijuana clinic in the Tower District, a business that led to legal battles with the City Attorney's Office. He said his candidacy is a sincere effort to improve city government.
"I'm not trying to poke the dog in the eye with a sharp stick," Morse said. "It's not because I'm trying to do anything different than any other American who wants to live a safe life with their family."